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Torah Binder

German
1851


Dimensions

Overall: 16.5 x 152.4 cm (6 1/2 x 60 in.)

Accession Number

2016.400

Medium or Technique

Cotton, painted and hand stitched

Not On View

Collections

Judaica

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

A torah binder is made from strips of the cloth used to wrap a baby boy at his circumcision. It is inscribed with a standard Hebrew blessing and donated to a synagogue. Four pieces joined together. Painted in Hebrew “Moshe son of Avraham, may he live long and good days, born with mazel tov (under good fortune) on Tuesday 25th Tishri 5612 (21 October 1851) May God raise him to Torah and to Huppah and to good deeds. Amen…”

Inscription

Moshe son of Avraham, may he live long and good days, born with mazel tov (under good fortune) on Tuesday 25th Tishri 5612 (21 October 1851) May God raise him to Torah and to Huppah and to good deeds. Amen…”

Provenance

About 1851, presented by the family of Moshe Sleit (or Shalit) to a synagogue, possibly in Germany [see note]. Between about the 1940s and 1970s, acquired by Dr. Abraham I. Katsh (b. 1907 – d. 1998), New York; by inheritance to his daughter, Shelley Katsh, Pawtucket, RI; 2016, gift of Shelley Katsh and Mark Gabry to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 28, 2016)

NOTE: Inscribed in Hebrew with the name of Moshe, the son of Avraham Sleit (or Shalit), who was born in 1851. It is not known precisely when or where Dr. Katsh acquired the torah binder. He traveled extensively to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Israel beginning in the 1940s.

Credit Line

Gift of Ms. Shelley Katsh and Dr. Mark Gabry in memory of Mrs. Estelle W. and Dr. Abraham I. Katsh—Katsh Family Judaica Collection